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A combination of the rise in fast fashion and the recent Coronavirus pandemic has caused a huge shift in 2022 fashion trends. With the likes of crochet sets, wearing hoodies under blazers, women’s oversized bomber jackets, cropped cardigans, boiler suits, and colour clashing currently topping the trends list, this sparks the question of what is to follow; and one thing that is for sure is that change is imminent. Fast fashion has introduced a society in which fashion trends are always changing, and this is largely fuelled by the power of social media. It’s no secret that digital technology has boomed over recent years, and the addition of social media influencers has only further fuelled the fashion industry. With people using their platforms to showcase large volumes of ‘clothing hauls’, others end up feeling inclined to follow in their footsteps and take up the latest trends. Of course, this creates a ‘domino effect’ on the environment, as it imposes the creation of more fashion garments, and therefore the usage of more non-renewable resources; did you know that it takes about 700 gallons of water to produce one cotton shirt? Making the fashion industry the second largest consumer industry of water. Indeed, the fashion industry slowed due to the covid pandemic, which left people in more financial hardship with less disposable income to spend on non-essential items, however, the global fast fashion market is expected to recover in 2023 and reach £28 billion.
What can we expect fashion trends to look like as we head closer to 2023?
Become part of our Bolton School of the Arts family; our fashion and textile courses will teach you how you can use your creative flair to design and produce a range of fashion and textile outcomes. As a university voted 1st for Student Satisfaction* for the past five years, we are proud to put our students and their needs first.
Fashion Trends 2022/23: It’s all about Sustainability
With the environmental impact of fast fashion and more and more brands starting to implement sustainability-related goals, we can expect to see a continuation of this, due to consumers becoming increasingly more aware of their clothes’, and their impact on the environment. This is seen due to the recent increase in second-hand shopping to eliminate production pollution and instead create a circular economy. In fact, second-hand clothes are already being portrayed as a hot trend among Generation Z shoppers.
Have a look at some top ethical and sustainable clothing brands that are already succeeding:
- People Tree – For working closely with rural producers, farms, and artisanal to make sustainable clothing using organic cotton. They were also the first company to start using the World Fair Trademark on their clothing.
- Levi’s – You’ve probably already heard of this brand, right? Well, they have been on a journey to becoming more of a sustainable clothing company. The denim they produce is both high-quality and durable to use fewer resources and less waste. Not to mention the progress they have also made to reduce their water usage, while also getting cotton from sustainable sources.
- H&M Conscious – Have you bought from H&M before? Their Conscious Scheme started back in 2012 and although they are considered one of the biggest fast fashion companies, their conscious collection considers both the people who are producing the clothing and causing less environmental damage.
Classic Styles are on their way back!
In addition to the recent popularity of vintage-style clothing, we can expect to see a return to timeless classic styles that never go out of fashion as part of the fashion trends 2022/23. We can create a link here to the increased focus on sustainability as consumers are looking for clothes that they can keep for years. Therefore, we can forecast that simple, elegant-style clothes will slowly start to remove fast fashion as consumers drive away from trend-driven fashion.
Local Shopping is the way forward
With people beginning to take more of an interest in ethical fashion, we can expect to see a surge in sales for local clothing stores as they often source their clothes from more local designers and use more sustainable materials than bigger fast fashion brands.
Fashion and Textiles Courses at the University of Bolton
Do you want to be part of designing, and enjoy creating the next top fashion trend? At Bolton, we will develop your creative skill set and confidence. Whether you’re interested in BSc (Hons) Fashion, or BA (Hons) in Textiles and Surface Design, our supportive learning environment will support you every step of the way to succeed in your dream fashion career. Our fashion and textiles courses will see you working as part of our excellent Bolton School of the Arts in our north-western town that has a rich heritage within the textile manufacturing and innovation trade, therefore giving you direct exposure to the best facilities.
So, if you wish to study at a university where the fashion and textiles courses are designed to offer a practical approach that will help you gain a broad portfolio of traditional, digital design and manufacturing skills, Bolton University would be a great career investment. You will be given the chance to experiment with different approaches, using your creativity in several creative outcomes, enabling you to develop your knowledge and skills. The fashion trends of 2022/23 are already beginning to take shape, but how rewarding would it be to see your designs being showcased in future? Take your first small step on your career journey by having a look at our fashion and textiles courses.
Fashion Courses in Clearing: What are they?
If you have a passion for fashion but you’re not yet sure if university is for you, no need to worry; that’s what Clearing is for! Our full list of fashion and textiles courses is available during Clearing, simply head to our Clearing page and find all the information you need to know.
- BA (Hons) Fashion
- BA (Hons) Fashion (HE6) Top-Up
- BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design
- BA (Hons) Fashion Photography
Register for a Study Advice Session
Still unsure about whether Bolton University is right for you? Feel free to register for one of our on-campus Study Advice Sessions and one of our representatives will be happy to answer all your questions; career advice, course advice, student finance, or student services support, etc. Simply book your place for one of our available sessions:
- Friday 19 August – 11am to 4pm
- Saturday 20 August – 11am to 4pm
- Thursday 1 September – 11am to 4pm
For further help about how to book your place, contact us at OpenDays@bolton.ac.uk or give us a call on 01204 903807.
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